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Team India retain ICC Test Championship Mace

Virat Kohli poses with the Test mace (Photo by: Ron Gaunt / BCCI / SPORTZPICS)

The Indian side retained the test mace for the third consecutive year. Ruling in whites, India is placed at the top of the rankings with 116 points. It is to be noted that India hasn’t even lost a test series at home since 2012-13. Last year, though the side couldn’t win the series in Southafrica and England, Mission Australian down under was accomplished successfully.

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India will be awarded a prize money of one million dollars for their performance. This is indeed a great achievement for captain Kohli who has been one of the chief architects behind this successful stint.

The Indian players pose with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy
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Speaking on the same Virat Kohli said “Retaining the ICC Test Championship Mace once again is something we are all really proud of. Our team has been doing well across formats but it gives us extra pleasure to come out on top of the Test rankings. We all know of the importance of Test cricket and of how only the best can prosper in the format.Our team has a lot of depth and I am sure this will stand us in good stead once the ICC World Test Championship commences later this year. That is again something we are really looking forward to as it adds more context to Test match cricket.”

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Virat Kohli receives the Test mace from Sunil Gavaskar and Graeme Pollock © BCCI

On the other hand, New Zealand the second-ranked side will receive $ 5,00,000 from the ICC. The side has done exceptionally well after their win against Pakistan at UAE. Youngsters like Jeet Raval and Henry Nicholls have showcased their skills on the bigger stage and the skipper is extremely happy for their efforts.

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Kane Williamson said “It’s an awesome achievement for our side to finish second in the ICC Test Team Rankings and as a team, we should be very proud. It’s come off the back of a lot of hard work and perseverance; not just by the eleven guys on the field, but the entire squad and support staff.It’s been especially pleasing to see the consistency we’ve shown in the longest form of the game over a decent period of time. We’re now all really looking forward to the ICC World Test Championship getting underway and the added context the competition will bring.”

The details regarding the presentation ceremony is yet to be announced ICC.

ICC Test Team Rankings (as of 1 April 2019):

RANK TEAM             POINTS
1.     India               116
2.     New Zealand108
3.     South Africa105
4.     Australia104
5.     England104
6.     Sri Lanka93
7.     Pakistan88
8.     West Indies    77
9.     Bangladesh     69
10.  Zimbabwe        13